A Fairmont State University student has been selected for an internship under the Disney College Program.

Erika A. Johnson, a junior at Fairmont State and a member of the Honors Program, is majoring in Theatre. The internship runs from Aug. 1, 2014, through Jan. 7, 2015. As part of the internship, Johnson will complete a three-credit class along with work in the Costuming Department.

A native of Maryland, Johnson said this opportunity is a dream coming true. She attributed her work as a Resident Assistant (RA) and a hall monitor on campus as a contributing factor in her selection for the internship. She has been sewing for about seven years and wants to own a costume shop after she graduates.

“I am really pleased that Erika is taking this kind of risk and stretching beyond her traditional education. Our hope for her is that when she comes back to Fairmont State, she will bring with her and energy and a new vision for her work in theatre,” said Dr. Francene Kirk, Abelina Suarez Professor of Communication and Theatre Arts.

Applications from all over the nation were accepted for this opportunity that allows students to gain work experience along with college credit. This unique educational opportunity offered by Disney World was established with a goal to help students take part in personal and career development classes and build problem-solving skills, teamwork, guest service and effective communication skills. The selection decision is made based on an online and a phone interview.

In the past, Anthony Errigo, also, an RA and Assistant Residence Director, a Fairmont State graduate, received the internship under the Disney College Program. Errigo also was a member of the University’s Honors Program.


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Monday, September 28, 2015

The Fairmont State University Department of Music is announces its 2015-2016 Music on the Hill concert season, featuring four performances on the Fairmont State campus and at First Presbyterian Church in Fairmont.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

The Fairmont State University Academy for the Arts announces the cast of its second Youth Company production, “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.” 

“Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.” will run Nov. 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. in the Wallman Hall Theatre on the main campus.

Cast members for the show are as follows: Paige Krcek, Billy Tobin, Jocelyn Maxwell, Sophia Flower, Trenda Ridgeway, Jasper Brown, Rileigh Fortney, Sidney Apanowicz, Sara Campbell, Miranda Koch, Sydney King, Caroline Maxwell, Marianna Jones, Bella Smith, Franchesca Aloi. 

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced on Sept. 16 the awarding of $763,044 in grant funds to support and build the arts in community and statewide programs across West Virginia.

Fairmont State University was awarded a $6,206 grant in support of bringing the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra to the Fairmont campus for two performances. Dr. Christina Lavorata, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Robert Mild, Interim Dean of the School of Fine Arts, attended the event in Charleston to officially receive the grant award.

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